December 20, 2015

What if Ken Burns Directed a 'Star Wars' Galactic Civil War Documentary?

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Ken Burns has created a documentary style all his own, one that has often been imitated and parodied.

He's even got his own filter called the "Ken Burns Effect." But what if Burns lived in the world of Star Wars? How would he document this terrible galactic struggle, one that saw brothers and sisters and fathers and sons fighting each other? A recent Washington Post video shows us what that might be like:

Even if you're not the biggest fan of the whole production, the video is absolutely worth a watch just for the Jar Jar Binks line, and it's amazing that Daniel was able to get through that without laughing.

On a serious note, it's worth taking a look at the style that Burns has consistently incorporated into his documentaries and why it works. The biggest reason they've become so popular is because the stories unfold in a very natural way — nothing is hitting you over the head — and the storytelling creates a very real and tangible texture of the time period they are talking about.

Terrific narrators and music also don't hurt either.     

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This feels pretty mediocre - I mean if it was a youtuber - I would be like pretty good - but if this is the Washington post - it's pretty lousy. I think the use of the movie video was a lousy move as well - I think the pictures would have worked better with the pan movement or picture manipulation doing 2.5 D that the docs use.

December 20, 2015 at 1:54PM

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Film GRIT
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I still think it's funny, but I have to agree. The first minute is so good, so perfect, then the "experts" come in and ruin the magic.

December 21, 2015 at 10:10AM

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Ian Cessna
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"The Galactic Empire will rise again!"

December 20, 2015 at 3:15PM

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Given that it was made by a bunch of journalists and not filmmakers, I think it looks pretty good. The Stormtrooper letter is what kills me.

December 20, 2015 at 3:50PM

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Sean Voysey
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It will be interesting to see how Rey's character progresses in the movie. now she is ready to take the charge. amazon star wars women clothing

November 22, 2017 at 11:42PM

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